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Oct 17, 2010

The Double-Rainbow of Apps

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Hello all you 'droid fanatics out there!  The name’s John and I answered the call for Android bloggers.  Since this is my first post here on Mobile Spoon, I thought I'd give me thoughts on some of what I use.  I'm on AT&T, so I have the Samsung Captivate.  Considering that my last phone was an HTC Hermes/Cingular 8525, the Captivate is a whole new world of awesomeness, smothered in a rich gravy of cool, topped off with a cherry.  I'm sure you're all familiar with the specs: Super AMOLED 4", 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Android 2.1 OS, and a 5.0MP camera and camcorder.  I haven't played with any custom ROM's yet, but I have rooted it and am running RyanZA's One Click Lag Fix.
Speaking of apps, there are two apps that absolutely make Android the best, most incredible piece of code ever to grace a phone: AppBrain and Fast Web Installer.  They are the double-rainbow of apps…  If you're not familiar with them, the website http://www.appbrain.com is basically an online catalog tied to the Android Market.  There you can browse through apps broken down into different categories, and you can read reviews by people running the apps, as well as see a history of the app's development.  If you install the AppBrain app, (http://www.appbrain.com/app/appbrain-app-market/com.appspot.swisscodemonkeys.apps) you can create a free account on the site that allows you to sync your phone with the site, which allows you to select apps directly on the site and, once you sync with your phone, install them in one swell foop.  For me, a much better experience than doing it from the Market app on my phone.
Okay, here's where it gets cool...  If you install Fast Web Installer (http://www.appbrain.com/app/fast-web-installer/com.appspot.swisscodemonkeys.apppusher) on your phone, when you click the "Install" button on an app's page, it will actually push the app OTA to your phone!!  This is so cool and so convenient, it almost got me in trouble at work for spending too much time installing apps while I was working!  It works over both Wi-Fi and 3G, though 3G is obviously going to be slower.  I don't know whether or not Apple has anything comparable, but it doesn't matter.  If they do, I've no doubt that they charge for both the apps and the service.  With AppBrain and Fast Web, all you pay for is your airtime/data usage.

Of course, I have a boatload more apps that I play with, but out of all of them, AppBrain and Fast Web are the must-have's in my opinion.  If you haven't tried them yet, you're missing out.  Just don't do it at work!



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